Every mom in the world is creeping out when the cold and flu season is approaching, because it’s inevitable to avoid symptoms such as runny nose, coughing, sneezing and worst of all, fever. Even if you do your best to avoid it, the chances of your baby to catch a cold or flu are pretty high.
Knowing that your little one is suffering and you can’t do much to help him is literally heartbreaking.
Remember Moms! Before you start feeling helpless and alone, you should know that there are several ways for reducing your child’s fever, without being necessary to run to the E.R. or resorting to medicines and drugs.
When you should worry about a baby’s fever?
But there are times you should call your pediatrician if your child has a fever: Your baby is under the age of 2 or 3 months. Get in touch with the doctor if he has any fever at all, even a temperature as low as 100.4 degrees.
The Main Thing Is To Focus Over Your Baby’s Room
- Use a fan at a low setting to circulate the air if the room is warm or stuffy
- Use an air conditioner if you have one but at a comfortable temperature (not too cold that baby starts to shiver as this can actually raise their temperature).
- Try to keep baby indoors in a cool place while they fight their fever. If you do decide to go outside, keep baby in the shade away from direct sunlight.
- Try not to use a heater in the room around the clock as this can actually cause baby to become overheated.
Help Your Baby Get A Good Night Sleep
- Raise baby’s head while they sleep. Lying flat can make a cough worse and make it harder for baby to breathe properly. To raise baby’s head, lift the crib mattress by rolling up a towel and placing it under the mattress.
- Use a sound machine like Bubzi Co.’s Baby Sleep Soothing Owl. This must-have machine sings 10 gentle lullabies and projects a colorful galaxy of stars to help soothe baby to sleep.
- Use a nasal aspirator to clear baby’s nose before bedtime.
Give Your Infant A Sponge Bath
- Place baby in a bathtub with 1-2 inches of warm water, with a temperature of approximately 85ºF to 90ºF.
- Use a clean washcloth to spread the warm water over their arms, legs, and body.
- If you notice your baby is shivering or appears more uncomfortable, then take them out of the tub as shivering can actually make a fever worse.
- Never use rubbing alcohol as part of your sponge bath as it can cause a temperature spike and even alcohol poisoning.
Help Him Drink More Fluids
- When baby is sick, it’s important they’re getting enough fluids. Fluids will help cool them down and prevent dehydration from sweating. Because of their fever, babies may not want as much fluid so try giving them small amounts at regular intervals throughout the day. Try giving your baby oral rehydration solutions mixed with lukewarm water for babies younger than 6 months old. If baby is older than 6 months, you can also try cold milk, ice pops, fruit juice or chilled yogurt.
Breastfeed Your Baby As Often As You Can
- If baby is still breastfeeding, breast milk is very important in helping to reduce their fever. Because of its unique balance of nutrients, it helps to strengthen baby’s weak immune system and can help your baby fight their illness.
Signs your baby’s dealing with fever:
- Seems more uncomfortable or fussy than usual
- Isn’t sleeping
- Isn’t eating
- Is vomiting or has diarrhea
- Has an unexplained rash
- Has a seizure